How do we create a safe workplace where people feel comfortable talking about personal struggles and mental health? There are no easy answers, but the pandemic forced companies to consider the mental health of workers because it was obvious people weren’t doing well. Dawn Ellery, CEBS, is a mental health and well-being champion, speaker, and Human Resources Total Rewards leader working to reduce the stigma around mental health, and open eyes to the complete person walking into work.
In this episode of Evolving Working, career transition expert Catherine Morgan and empowerment expert Susan Eckstein got a peek behind the HR curtain and learned:
• Talking about mental health with another HR professional can be a difficult experience
• Some professionals would rather be performance managed out than talk about their ugly divorce or abusive home environment
• Managers aren’t trained on how to have these kinds of difficult conversations
• Sharing your personal challenges and history of depression with a group who knows you can lead to 30% of the people asking for help or information
Companies have become accustomed to supporting employees with physical health benefits and financial knowledge and training. Mental health is the next step. There is substantial ROI for investing in high-quality mental health programs, with an added bonus of decreased turnover and increased productivity.